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Microsoft is optimizing Skype for low-end Android phones

Microsoft is rolling out an updated version of Skype for Android, one that’s optimized for devices running older versions of the OS, providing better audio and video quality for lower-end devices. The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft says that this …

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LIFX’s smart lights now work with Microsoft’s Cortana

Smart lighting company LIFX has produced a range of products that you can control from your phone or with a virtual assistant such as Alexa or Siri. Now, Microsoft users can join them: the company announced that users can now control their smart lights with the company’s virtual assistant, Cortana. …

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Oscars 2018: how to watch the Academy Awards online

The biggest night in Hollywood is finally here. It’s time for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, aka the Oscars, the magical evening when the biggest names in show business sit down to see who got the industry’s biggest awards, and hope for some timely humor to break up the scripted …

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Apple’s HomePod is a pricey predicament for Spotify users

I want to hate the HomePod. Apple’s new $350 speaker symbolizes everything backward and compromising about the iPhone maker’s walled garden: the speaker requires you have an iOS device to use it, and it demands an Apple Music account to make use of Siri-powered voice control playback. It is antithetical …

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How a teenage stowaway made it to Antarctica 90 years ago

On August 24th, 1928, a 17-year-old high school kid jumped into the Hudson River and snuck inside a ship that was soon headed to Antarctica. Billy Gawronski, the son of Polish immigrants, wanted nothing more than to go to the ice continent with his hero, explorer Richard Byrd. But he …

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